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Choose FI: A Blueprint for Financial Independence

A common resolution set at the beginning of a new year is to “get my financial house in order”. But how can you build a house, let alone pour any kind of foundation, without a blueprint? There are dozens of books and gurus trying to push their advice and tell you how to spend and invest your money. And then, there are three suburban dads just trying to make the world a little bit better. 

Meet Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa of the award-winning ChooseFI podcast and Chris Mamula of the popular blog Can I Retire Yet? They have walked the talk and now want to share their knowledge with you. Together, these three regular guys will show you how they made the relatively simple choices to reclaim decades of their lives, and how you can too.

Distilling the best of the popular ChooseFI podcast, this audiobook pulls from the collective knowledge of those who have decided to build a lifestyle around their passions instead of allowing their finances to dictate their future. These stories demonstrate universal principles, giving you the opportunity to pick the elements that are the most applicable to your financial situation and “choose your own adventure”.

The audiobook covers a wide range of topics that will help you build a strong financial foundation:

  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Defining your values and aligning them with your spending
  • Cutting years from your estimated retirement date
  • Questioning the status quo on “required expenses” 
  • Cutting travel expenses and putting family vacations within your reach
  • Learning how to earn more and live with abundance
  • Updating the common accepted wisdom on college education and the debt associated with it
  • Cutting through the noise on investing to discover strategies that work
  • Showing how to implement investment strategies that enable the lifestyle you desire while controlling downside risk

Whether you have mountains of debt now or are recently debt-free and wondering what to do next, Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence will give you the information to guide your next move.

©2019 ChooseFI Media (P)2019 ChooseFI Media

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Cherry on the top

I am already fully sold on FI and I am on the journey, but this was a really nice cherry on the top of why I am choosing this life. Great read/listen!

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An absolute essential for everyone

Whether you are new to the concept of ‘financial independence’ or know a fair bit about it already from reading and listening hundreds of articles and podcasts constantly as I have, this book is quite possibly the most well-rounded and eloquent piece of literature I have come across that explains what FI is and how to achieve it. I highly recommend it!

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  • Autumn T.
  • 07-02-20

Good book, awkward narration

If you follow their podcast, you’ll especially enjoy this book. It’s not unlike many of the other financial independence books out there so if you’ve dabbled, you may not learn anything new but they give great examples to aid you wherever you are in your personal finance journey. Very actionable tips, very relatable story.

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  • Phil Pacete
  • 16-11-19

Choosing FI, Better every Day

I loved the organization of the book. It takes a large amount of great information and brings it together into useful actionable steps to improve every facet of the FI lifestyle. As a pharmacist who took out way too much in student loans, it hit on many levels for me to find true value and purpose in my life, and I relate a ton to Jonathan I’m feeling the weight of a career that looked great on paper but has been different in practice. I look forward to getting closer to FI every day moving forward with lots of help from ChooseFI

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  • Janice Irizarry
  • 29-01-20

Keep and invest you money instead of this book

Not worth the money buy JL Collins instead
and you will thank me one day

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  • Melissa
  • 30-01-20

great resource

They do a great job covering a variety of topics but are also detailed enough that anyone listening could start taking action in each topic area. Highly reccomended

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  • cas
  • 17-01-20

Goes against everything we were told- I love it

Another great book on financial freedom in layman’s terms. Specific, detailed but not too much. Will read again!!

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  • RichRoamer
  • 12-01-20

Life changing

I loved this book. Should be required for senior students and their parents. Spread the FIRE.

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  • Andre
  • 24-11-20

The perfect college student graduation present

I loved how there were actual clips from the podcast. Very insightful. I can't wait to get started on house hacking next year and I wouldn't even have ever known about it if it wasn't for this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

Wealth Of Knowledge

I appreciated the insight and knowledge especially the chapter about taxes... The sacrifices necessary to achieve Financial Independence outlined in this book won't work for everyone in my opinion but it is still filled with knowledge for those who can find cash to spare after paying all the necessary bills and be happy with mostly the free things in life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-20

Overall concept covered!

I bought the book after finding the podcast. I had started the covid-19 world apocalypse by setting a goal to focus on getting stronger through this stamp in life. Finances were on the top of the list. I stumbled across “a simple path to wealth” and have been hyper focused on the journey. I’m so pleased this book is available for me to share with my family.

Great book. Easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-21

Just what I needed.

loved the book. helped me to ceep my FI journey going.
thanks. love the fi blog too.